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Dad takes on fears for zipline fundraiser in Inverness

By Staff Reporter

James Laraway and daughter Emma.
James Laraway and daughter Emma.

James Laraway (44), of Culloden Moor, hopes to raise £2000 for the ARCHIE Foundation (Highland) by taking part in the exhilarating dare devilaerial ride.

It will be set-up on the Bught Park side of the river and will featureas part of the City of Inverness Highland Games on Saturday.

James and his wife Pauline, are parents to four-and-a-half-year oldEmma, who was born with an extremely rare genetic condition, 1p-36deletion syndrome, which results in complex medical needs that impact onher everyday life.

The IT manager for BP has already raised more than £900 in sponsorshipwhich will be matched through its BP Employee Matching Fund programmeand he hopes the final total will top out at £2000.

He said: “It seemed like a good idea to take part. Emma has used ARCHIE Highland’s children’s unit numerous times.

“The new unit at Raigmore Hospital is fantastic. Following therefurbishment it’s a lot more comfortable for both the children andparents. There are sensory rooms for the children and parents can alsostay over, which can be a big help to families, especially those fromout with the area.

“It’s such an important facility for the whole region.”

James added that the zipline challenge will be a whole new experience for him: “I’m not the best withheights but my family and friends will be there to support me so I’msure I’ll be fine. “

The state-of-the-art Highland Children’s Unit was built following acampaign by the ARCHIE Foundation which encouraged individuals, communities, businesses andorganisations across the Highlands to help raise £2 million. The unitopened its doors in May last year. The money raised from the zipline challenge will be used for life-enhancing equipment and other equipmentwhich is not included in the NHS budget to make sure youngsters have aseasy and comfortable a stay as possible.

Laura Mackintosh, head of fundraising for the ARCHIE Foundation (Highlands and Western Isles), said: “The zipline challenge is something completely different and it’s a great opportunityto enjoy a thrilling ride over the River Ness and help raise money for ARCHIE Highland at the same time.

“We are delighted James is taking part and has already raised so muchmoney. We hope even more people will be encouraged to sign up and alsotake up the challenge too.”

Inverness Highland Games chairman Angus Dick added: “This year’s gameslooks set to attract one of the largest crowds in recent year and wehave a packed programme of events and a huge arts, craft and food fairfor everybody to enjoy. Admission to the games is £5 for adults and £3for concessions with under 5s being admitted free.”

To join the challenge, which is open to ages 14 and over, enter for just£20 on the ARCHIE Everyday Hero River Ness Zipline page at www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/river-ness-zip-line or call 01463 888258.

To donate to James visit https://river-ness-zip-line.everydayhero.com/uk/james

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